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Saturday 30 August 2014

Leaving Cert Politics: What will they teach?

Kim Bielenberg

Published 12/02/2014 | 02:30

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On its website, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment gives a summary of some of the key themes in the new Politics curriculum.

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"(Students) will explore, for example, democracy in their local sports club and in their school , the potential for conflict between part-time employees and their employers, and the global reach of television and of video sharing sites such as YouTube."

"Through this, they will be exposed to the ideas of key social and political thinkers like Kate Millett, Karl Marx, Milton Friedman, John Locke, and Edward Said."

There is no mention of learning about the teachings of Bertie Ahern, Enda Kenny or the Healy-Raes' philosophy on drunk driving.

Students will also get an opportunity to complete a Citizenship project, which will enable them to apply their learning in action.

Their report on this Active Citizenship Project will account for 20pc of the final examination.

Irish Independent

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